Date of closure: TBC
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At the moment we do not have exact details of the closure of King’s Bingo although we do know that they had been struggling to keep afloat. A victim of the smoking ban, online bingo, and the recession, the small club needed 300 players a week, but unfortunately couldn’t quite get that amount through the doors. We think the club closed in early 2012. We do know a bit about the building’s past prior to bingo.
The venue originally opened as the Albert Hall in 1885, showing Gainsborough’s first cinema screening in 1896. In 1904 it became the Albert Theatre after having some work done to the interior. The venue had five dressing rooms, and a twenty four foot wide stage. After becoming a cinema in 1909 it was closed due to fire in 1925.
After an interior refurbishment the cinema reopened in 1927, only to be one of the many cinemas taken over by Gaumont in 1928. We are not sure when the cinema closed and was converted for bingo.
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By Gareth Whieldon (April 2013)
As of October 2016, work has begun to restore the building. The building has been bought although the identity of the new owners, and the purpose of the restoration is not currently known. There are rumours that it will become a restaurant, although there are also rumours that it will become a performance space for disabled children. We will update when the true purpose of the restoration becomes public domain.
By Gareth Whieldon (October 2016)